Gaming Consoles & PCs What Is the Ad hoc Mode In PSP? By Kathryn Montminy Writer Former Lifewire writer Kathryn Montminy is a writer and software developer who has been blogging about video games for over 10 years. our editorial process LinkedIn Kathryn Montminy Updated December 10, 2019 Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email Noun: A mode of wireless communications that allows devices in close proximity (within about 15 feet of each other) to exchange information. In the case of the PSP, it allows two or more people who have PSPs and a game that supports ad hoc to play a game together ("multiplayer"). The same screen will then be seen on all PSPs, as long as players remain in the game and stay within range of each other. You can see whether a game supports ad hoc mode by looking for a text box saying "Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad hoc)" on the back of the game's packaging. Some games will allow a PSP owner who doesn't have the game to download a demo from a PSP owner who does have the game. This is different from ad hoc games; it is done via Gamesharing. Pronunciation: ADD-hawk Also known as: Ad-hoc, Ad hoc mode, Ad hoc play Examples: This game supports up to 4 players in ad hoc mode. "Are you starting an ad hoc game? Wait for me -- I want to join!"